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Essence of Taiji Qigong: The Internal Foundation of Taijiquan (Martial Arts-Qigong) Paperback – 25 Sep 1998

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886969639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886969636
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.

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Qigong, the study of the energy in the universe, is one of the great cultural achievements that China has contributed to the human race. Read the first page
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This is a superb little item I am thrilled to have purchased from petehowcroft via Forget about the graphic on the cover of the DVD, unless I'm the only person to have a different front sealed (until I unsealed it) product. Concentrate on the DVD title. The contents are what you want, and Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming, Ph.D, the chap who features in the DVD, "The Essence of Taiji Qigong, The Internal Foundation of Taijiquan", knows how to delight in a fairly serious sort of manner, without overcooking it.

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The DVD arrived on time, and in good shape, and the correct article. Once the disc was free and unleashed I was out of the world!
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By SMO on 10 Jan. 2014
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This book underpins all the Tai Chi processes and enhances understanding of the art. Would recommend it to other enthusiasts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c11dbd0) out of 5 stars An excllent resource and long term study aid 3 Jun. 2008
By James A. Mccoy - Published on
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I have been involved in martial arts for nearly 30 years, starting in Karate and eventually working my way through the spectrum of arts before settling in Aikido. I also teach a "senior taichi" class at my local parks department. As a teacher of Yoshinkan Aikido I became interested in Taijiquan after realizing how similar it is to Aikido. I read this book not only to learn more about taijiquan, but to learn more about the Chinese idea of chi (ki in Japanese).

The book begins by defining chi and there is some history on qigong and taijiquan. It then goes on to explain more detail on theories behind chi and how it relates to health, the mind and body, and taiji training.

When I finished reading the book, I felt that I had a much better understanding of chi as well as the foundation and purpose of taijiquan. I can take what I learned from reading this book and apply it to my own martial arts training as well as to other exercises that I do to maintain general health.

This book is not something to be read just once and put aside. I will go on to practice more, incorporating what I learned from my first reading. I'll likely read other books from Dr. Yang Jwing Ming and then re-read this one. Although the first reading was quite educational, it will take several readings over time to be able to absorb all of this information. This book will be added to my reference shelf and consulted often.
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HASH(0x9c11dc24) out of 5 stars The Essence of Taiji Qigong, second edition 17 Dec. 2008
By Lily Suggs - Published on
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Overall satisfactory. The pictures were hard to follow in this book. This was a required text for a Taiji class I had so between the book and the professor the forms were not too hard to learn. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone to learn Taiji without the help of a teacher to accompany it :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c11df00) out of 5 stars Essential text for Chinese martial arts 28 Jan. 2007
By A. Potteiger - Published on
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This book gets to the core of everything you can learn about the ancient martial arts of Tai Chi and Chi Gung. Thorough explanations of history, techniques, purpose of motion, chi energy movement, chi/body/mind interconnectivity, proper breathing, postures, etc. Well illustrated with plenty of exercise "sets" including a nice warm-up. This book will be a great help with your training and an important reference in your library.
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HASH(0x9c11ddf8) out of 5 stars The Essence of Tai Chi Chi Kung 16 Jun. 2001
By Barbara Baxter - Published on
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As a stundent of Tai Chi for many years I am constantly in search of knowledge to perfect my art. This book relays the special meaning and purpose of the movements. I rate it in a class with those of the great Chen Man-Ching, and my teacher, Marshall Ho'o. It is "the essence of Tai Chi Chi Kung".
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HASH(0x9c12045c) out of 5 stars Dr. Yang-Jwing Ming's latest and one of the Best 11 Nov. 2013
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One of the best books to use for Practitioners in the Art of Taiji Qigong. Interesting facts and interpretations of moves and forms.
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